Is it Safe for Kids to Use the Same Toothpaste as Grown Ups?
Lots of families occasionally need to tighten their budgets and the question comes up: Should I pay extra money for my child to use a different toothpaste than the one I use? Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins of Collins Dental & Aesthetic say resoundingly yes.
The main reason that toothpaste for children is formulated differently from toothpaste for adults has to do with the fact that at a young age children do not have the same understanding and capabilities that adults have to spit toothpaste out. The American Dental Association has outlined specific ages at which it is appropriate to introduce toothpaste that contains fluoride for this very reason.
ADA approved brands such as OralB, Colgate and Crest have age specific formulations that are designed to engage kids in the brushing experience with fun colors and flavors while at the same time excluding ingredients found in adult toothpaste that could be dangerous for a young child. If your child ingests or eats an adult toothpaste, contact poison control immediately.
You can take your child for a dental checkup as early as the appearance of his or her first tooth, and preferably before the first birthday. For more information on pediatric dental care, or to schedule a checkup, contact our office at 509-532-1111.